Change nations by praying with us monthly about global events and pressing concerns for World MAP’s ministry – Emailed once a month
All thanks and praise to the mighty name of Jesus! Our God is merciful to all people! Hallelujah!
Our world is coming through a painful and difficult time; a challenging, even tragic time for some. But despite the trials, God’s almighty hand has been gracious. I believe things could have been even worse had God not spared us.
Our God, the only God, has sustained us – even those who do not know Him, or who have rejected Him. Truly, our faithful God is worthy of all thanks and praise!
But even as we rejoice, I want to issue a cautionary word. As followers of Christ, should our highest desire be to simply rush back to “what was”? Should pastors and leaders in the Body of Christ want to return back to the same forms, demands and service schedules?
Or could it be that God our King, the Lord Jesus, would say something fresh to us as we re-enter life after this pandemic?
Life involves change. And spiritual life requires it! If we are unwilling to change or keep growing, we risk spiritual stagnation. And, spiritually speaking, as soon as we stop moving or pressing forward in God, we atrophy and even spiritually diminish.
The temptation is to replace vital life in Christ with familiar, outward forms. We keep running like a hamster on a wheel, but going nowhere. But are our comfortable rituals and frenetic church activities actually accomplishing God’s best and highest, fulfilling His Commission, and following His marching orders as given to us in His Word?
Are we taking time to listen, seek, pause, wait on Him? Are we willing to change course, and re-approach Kingdom ministry God’s way, on His biblical terms, by His Spirit’s leading and power?
I would not suggest that God caused this pandemic. But I am convinced that He is working in the midst of it! Our broken human nature seems to almost require crisis or trial in order to stop our activity long enough to truly wait on God.
In Scripture we see that in times of tribulation, God has always had something to say and a new work to initiate or fulfill – for those who are listening.
I sense that in these days, the Lord is issuing a loving but serious, “call to arms.” What has been the status quo for believers as individuals, and for the corporate Church, is insufficient for what lies ahead. A weekly Sunday experience is not really enough to make disciples who know how to make disciples – especially when we can no longer gather in groups or sanctuaries.
This is not about watching for apocalyptic signs or the latest news. This is about being prepared and equipped for the times that are coming. It is about watching the Lord (Mark 13:33,37). Our eyes must be on Him as He leads us into the future. Our ears must be tuned to His voice. We likely have never been this way before – and we must be ready to move at the slightest whisper or command from the Lord of Hosts!
(continued on pg. 2)